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COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Social Legal and Ethical Frameworks (BESC2001) 

*The unit COUN3041 Counselling Placement and Supervision 2 must be taken in the subsequent term as these units are run as a back to back student placement*

Unit Description

This unit of Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 allows you to develop your knowledge and counselling skills in a live workplace, by observing other students in the supervision session, and in your interactions with a PACFA-accredited clinical supervisor. This will ensure that you have an experience of professional quality supervision in a supported learning environment. During this unit you will attend an approved agency for placement. 

You will meet either online or on campus for two-hour supervision sessions on a weekly basis for 13 weeks of the term (excluding Week 7) with your Clinical Supervisor.

This unit links theory to practise and asks you to consider how the parallel experiences of being on placement and reflecting on observations and feelings with a clinical supervisor can enhance skills, theoretical knowledge and personal insight. Weekly supervision sessions create a forum wherein you will bring case conceptualisation presentations, talk about occurrences on placement and learn how supervision will support your career. Clinical Supervision is also the place where self-awareness and critical reflection are focal points through discussion and reflective journal writing. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Competently demonstrate self-awareness and critical reflection in clinical supervision and on placement;
  • Competently apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practise with clients in a counselling agency;
  • Demonstrate ethical thinking and decision-making skills in counselling practise, with respect for the rights and autonomy of clients;
  • Present their counselling practice with clients in supervision;
  • Engage in group supervision and reflect on the practice of counselling;
  • Receive and apply supervisor feedback appropriately;
  • Understand intervention planning and apply counselling models to meet client needs;
  • Apply the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on counselling practice;
  • Demonstrate competency in the application of counselling skills and interventions.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 14 hours per week.

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.